More rumblings against America …
Syria’s President Bashar Assad has come out swinging against America, saying the U.S.-led coalition that left dozens of his troops dead was actually aimed at supporting ISIS.
Assad also characterized America as the aggressor in the fight to root out ISIS from the terror hotspot, saying the attack in Deir el-Zour, the eastern province of the country, was a “blatant American aggression.”
As ABC noted, Syria and Iran are allies, and now Tehran is pledging to help out Assad in the war on terror – despite Iran being one of the largest sponsors of terrorism around the world.
“Assad made his comments Monday during a meeting with Iranian Foreign Ministry official Hossein Jaberi Ansari,” ABC News reported. “Ansari said Tehran will ‘give all possible support’ to Syria in its war against terrorism.”
U.S. forces acknowledged over the weekend its recent airstrike against ISIS may have accidentally taken out Syria’s government troops. Russia, another Assad-ally, said the strike, which included American, British, Denmark and Australian forces, killed at least 62 Syrian military members.
“The strike has threatened an already fragile U.S. and Russia brokered cease-fire that has largely held despite dozens of alleged violations on both sides,” ABC News said.
Also on Monday, Russia came out and called the cease-fire “meaningless,” and that rebel forces have actually killed a total of 63 civilians and 153 Syrian troops in the week since the truce took effect.
“Lt. Gen Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military’s General Staff … accused Washington of failing to fulfill its obligations under the truce deal – most importantly to separate the U.S.-backed opposition units from al-Qaida’s branch in Syria.
“He says that amid the rebel violations, ‘it has become meaningless for the Syrian government forces to unilaterally observe the cease-fire.
“He didn’t explain whether this means Moscow is opting out of the cease-fire and giving the Syrian government the free hand to freely use force again.”